Sources contacted by Football News understand that 30-year-old former Metz defensive midfielder Georges Mandjeck has reported his current club, Sparta Prague, to FIFA, owing to contractual irregularities.
It is our understanding that the current contractual formula for all players with the Czech giants sits as a consulting/service provider, through self-employment contracts, rather than standard employee contracts. The formula works in that each month, a player will send an invoice to the club, and the club will pay them, rather than through a conventional wage structure. This is illegal from an EU law perspective and incurs an additional cost to the player with regards to taxation and also the player has to cover their own social security, giving them no cover without paying insurance themselves.
The legal proceedings taken by Mandjeck against FIFA has been underway since February.
Sources indicate to us that there is a possibility that several other of the 22 professional players under contract with Sparta may join Mandjeck’s complaint to FIFA in the coming days.
The legal proceedings could cost Sparta millions of euros in fines, with the FIFA investigation close to reaching a conclusion.